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Tips on Whether to use a Mold Inspector

By The Air Purifier

Do you need to hire a Mold Inspector before you bring in a Mold Remediation (Removal) Company? It all depends on what your situation is and what your prepared to do about it. If you do, they should be completely independent of each other. Experts say if you see mold there is no reason to hire someone to test for Mold in your home. Below are reasons to hire and not to hire a Mold Inspector.

Reasons to Hire a Mold Inspector

Properly educated and trained inspectors should be able to do at least the following:

  • Check for mold spores in the air
  • Check for moisture
  • Check if there is water leakage from the outside
  • Tell you what kind of Mold you have (black, brown, white, green)
  • Check to see if the Mold is gone after Remediation

Can you do that, are you prepared to crawl around in tight spaces with scientific equipment and make visual assessments of your own home or maybe a home your about to buy.

Reasons not to Hire or Use a Mold Inspector

There are many reasons why there is no need for mold inspection and here are a few:

  • You can DIY and the mold is only in a small area
  • Someone is offering you a free mold inspection
  • They are poorly educated, trained and not certified in anything
  • Free mold inspection provided by a Mold Remediation Company
  • You can see the mold is wide spread in your home already

About Mold

Mold can be killed using the proper tools in a small contained area. According to the EPA if you have any area of less than 10 square feet or 3 ft by 3 ft patch you should be able to handle it yourself. If you have mold in a larger area like your walls, rugs and ceilings, then a DIY job becomes more complicated and dangerous.



About Mold Inspection

Unfortunately, the EPA does not have a certification program for Mold Inspection or Remediation. They also do not have a list of companies that you could use. According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) “Standard or Threshold limit values for airborne concentrations of mold or mold spores, have not been set.”

Some States do require a certification, training or education in indoor air quality field which includes Mold Inspection and Remediation says the EPA.

Always ask to see their Credentials and References on Mold Inspections and if they are certified by their state or province their working in. Some of these Mold Inspectors might only be a Licensed Contractor.

Again, according to the EPA there is “no established safe levels or regulatory standards for mold, although testing can be done, it may be of limited use to helping to understand the problem.”

You could look for help from your State or Province for a list of quality Mold Inspectors and if their certified or use the Better Business Bureau in your area.

Conclusion

It will be up to you if you want a Mold Inspector to come into your home and tell you how bad the mold problem is and if you require immediate remediation. Common sense will be needed when making these difficult decisions. You should not ask or take advice from your Mold Inspector on finding a good Mold Removal company because of Conflict of Your Interest. Who knows if he or she is getting paid for that recommendation by a Mold Removal Company and if they are it could discredit their inspection? Just good common sense will help you to make the right decision.

Reference                  

  • EPA Mold - https://www.epa.gov/mold - retrieved on March 22, 2019
  • Today’s Homeowner - https://www.todayshomeowner.com/testing-for-mold-scam-or-worth-it/ - retrieved on March 22, 2019

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